Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

Real Name:
Arthur Crudup
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US, Mississippi delta blues singer and guitarist sometimes refered to as "The Father of Rock and Roll" due to his influence on "The King of Rock and Roll", Elvis Presley, who recorded Crudup's "That's Allright (Mama)" for his initial, breakthrough record. He also wrote many other well known songs, such as "My Baby Left Me" and "So Glad You're Mine" which also have been covered by Presley and dozens of other artists.

Born: 24 August 1905 in Forest, Mississippi, USA.
Died: 28 March 1974 in Nassawadox, Virginia, USA (aged 68).

Discovered by legendary Chicago record producer Lester Melrose, Crudup made his recording debut for the Victor label in 1941. Over the next 11 years he did 36 recording sessions for Victor resulting in songs like "That's Allright (Mama)", "So Glad You're Mine" (both 1946) and "My Baby Left Me" (1950). He then recorded more infrequently for a.o. the Checker and Trumpet labels before he by 1956 withdrew from recording due to dissatisfaction with wages and battles with Melrose over his writing royalties. In 1962 he recorded again, this time for Bobby Robinson's Fire label, resulting in some of his best recorded work, backing himself on all instruments. His later recordings includes a 1968 Delmark album and a 1970 album recorded in the UK with young british blues musicians including Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness and Hughie Flint.
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Albums

FLP 103, FLP-103 Mean Ole Frisco — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Mean Ole Frisco (Album) Fire Records (2), Fury Records (2) FLP 103, FLP-103 US 1962 Sell This Version
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DS-614 Look On Yonder's Wall — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Look On Yonder's Wall (Album) Delmark Records DS-614 US 1969 Sell This Version
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UAS.29092, UAS 29092 Roebuck Man — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Roebuck Man (Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records UAS.29092, UAS 29092 UK 1970 Sell This Version
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DS-621 Crudup's Mood — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Crudup's Mood (Album) Delmark Records DS-621 UK 1971 Sell This Version
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KK 7410, LP 7410, 7410 Previously Unissued 1960-62 Recordings — Arthur Lightnin' Hopkins / Big Boy Crudup* Lightnin' Hopkins / Big Boy Crudup* - Previously Unissued 1960-62 Recordings(LP, Album) Krazy Kat, Krazy Kat, Krazy Kat KK 7410, LP 7410, 7410 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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AA-801 Goin' In Your Direction — Arthur Sonny Boy Williamson (2) With B.B. King, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup And Willie Love (2) Sonny Boy Williamson (2) With B.B. King, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup And Willie Love (2) - Goin' In Your Direction (Comp, Album) Trumpet Records AA-801 US 1991 Sell This Version
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DE 827 Sunny Road — Arthur Arthur Big Boy Crudup* ,with Jimmy Dawkins and Willie Big Eyes Smith* Arthur Big Boy Crudup* ,with Jimmy Dawkins and Willie Big Eyes Smith* - Sunny Road (Album) Delmark Records DE 827 US 2013 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

B-8858 If I Get Lucky / Death Valley Blues — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup If I Get Lucky / Death Valley Blues Bluebird (3) B-8858 US 1941 Sell This Version
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B-9019 Give Me A 32-20 / Raised To My Hand — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Give Me A 32-20 / Raised To My Hand Bluebird (3) B-9019 US 1942 Sell This Version
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B-8896 Kind Lover Blues / Black Pony Blues — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Kind Lover Blues / Black Pony Blues Bluebird (3) B-8896 US 1942 Sell This Version
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34-0704 Gonna Follow My Baby / Mean Old 'Frisco Blues — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Gonna Follow My Baby / Mean Old 'Frisco Blues Bluebird (3) 34-0704 US 1943 Sell This Version
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34-0717 My Mama Don't Allow Me / Standing At My Window — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup My Mama Don't Allow Me / Standing At My Window Bluebird (3) 34-0717 US 1944 Sell This Version
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34-0725 Rock Me Mamma / Who's Been Foolin' You — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Rock Me Mamma / Who's Been Foolin' You(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 34-0725 US 1945 Sell This Version
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34-0738 Cool Disposition / Keep Your Arms Around Me — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Cool Disposition / Keep Your Arms Around Me(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) 34-0738 US 1945 Sell This Version
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34-0746 I'm In The Mood / She's Gone — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup I'm In The Mood / She's Gone(Shellac, 10") RCA Victor 34-0746 US 1946 Sell This Version
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20-1949 So Glad You're Mine / Ethel Mae — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup So Glad You're Mine / Ethel Mae(Shellac, 10") RCA Victor 20-1949 US 1946 Sell This Version
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20-2205 Crudup's After Hours / That's All Right — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Crudup's After Hours / That's All Right (Single) RCA Victor 20-2205 US 1947 Sell This Version
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20-2387 I Don't Know It / That's Your Red Wagon — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup I Don't Know It / That's Your Red Wagon(Shellac, 10") RCA Victor 20-2387 US 1947 Sell This Version
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22-0007 Gonna Be Some Changes Made / Someday — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Gonna Be Some Changes Made / Someday(Shellac, 10") RCA Victor 22-0007 US 1947 Sell This Version
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20-2565 Train Fare Blues / No More Lovers — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Train Fare Blues / No More Lovers(Shellac, 10") RCA Victor 20-2565 US 1947 Sell This Version
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20-2978 Rock Me Mamma / Cool Disposition. — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Rock Me Mamma / Cool Disposition.(Shellac, 10", RE) RCA Victor 20-2978 US 1947 Sell This Version
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20-3140 That's Why I'm Lonesome / Just Like A Spider — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup That's Why I'm Lonesome / Just Like A Spider(Shellac, 10", Single) RCA Victor 20-3140 US 1947 Sell This Version
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20-2105 I Want My Lovin' / You Got to Reap — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup I Want My Lovin' / You Got to Reap(Shellac, 10") RCA Victor 20-2105 US 1947 Sell This Version
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20-2989 Katie May / Boy Friend Blues — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Katie May / Boy Friend Blues RCA Victor 20-2989 US 1948 Sell This Version
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20-2757 Dirt Road Blues — Arthur Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Dirt Road Blues(Shellac, 10", Mono) RCA Victor 20-2757 US 1948 Sell This Version